This week in Winning Post

It's grand final day for Victoria's two-year-olds this Saturday as Caulfield's carnival reaches its climax.

The Tony McEvoy-trained Kinky Boom will be among the elite juveniles lining up for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

The Blue Diamond heads a superb card at the Heath, with the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and Oakleigh Plate among the support acts.

And there'll be no shortage of top two-year-olds in Sydney either, with the Silver Slipper set down for decision at Rosehill, which will also play host to the Hobartville for the three-year-olds.

Who'll take home the Diamond? Paul Richards's preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley night meeting plus Benalla and Canberra during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Friday's three other TAB meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Goulburn (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Vamos Stakes/Tasmanian Oaks day at Launceston plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post February 24 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Moonee Valley (night), Benalla, Canberra
Saturday:
Caulfield, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Goulburn (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Mudgee, Sunshine Coast, Launceston
Should race-free Mondays become a year-round thing?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Flemington Saturday - R5 N7 Atlantic City 6th
Flemington Saturday - R5 N13 Handsome Thief 7th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R6 N3 Endless Drama 1st
Royal Randwick Saturday - R6 N9 Addictive Nature 5th
Results
Letter of the Week

Keep it positive

Racing.com’s coverage is refreshingly classy, and still improving, but I could do without the occasional unnecessary negativity.
First, absolutely call out track bias if it’s there, but don’t go searching for minefields before the first race. Surely the presumption should be of a fair surface. 
Second, there should be no such thing as a “cup of tea” race. if the favourite’s too short to back, point out value place or quinella options. 
Third, of course handicappers, especially stayers, “take it in turns winning”. That’s the ratings system working perfectly. Don’t bag the race, try to find the winner.
Fourth, good commentators realise that not every viewer has backed the favourite. 
Finally, I’d like to see in-race jockey helmet cameras, and more of Peter Moody.
Nitpicking aside, Victorian and SA racing coverage is in great hands, and way ahead of other jurisdictions.

 

John Tutty
Tweed Heads (NSW)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: